Kevin Durant, James Harden become 1st opposing players to average at least 35 points in 1st 4 games of a NBA playoff series
Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant and Houston Rockets guard James Harden are the first opposing players to average at least 35 points per game in the first four games of a playoff series.
The Warriors and Rockets are tied at 2-2 in the second round of the playoffs. Durant is averaging 36.0 points, while Harden is putting up 35.8 points.
From @WarriorsPR: During this series Kevin Durant is averaging 36.0 points & James Harden is averaging 35.8 points.According to the Elias Sports Bureau,this is the 1st time in NBA history opposing players averaged at least 35 points per game in the 1st 4 games of a playoff series
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) May 8, 2019
Durant is shooting 46.0 percent from the field, 48.0 percent from beyond the arc and 85.1 percent from the free-throw line through four games against the Rockets.
Harden, meanwhile, is shooting 41.7 percent overall, 34.0 percent from the 3-point line and 89.7 percent from the charity stripe. The reigning MVP’s left eye is still red from the injury he suffered in Game 1, but Harden is still putting up monster numbers.
Durant and Harden will go down as two of the greatest scorers in NBA history when it’s all said and done. Harden led the league in scoring this season for the second-straight year. Durant is a four-time scoring champion and many believe he has a shot at passing Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list if he plays long enough.
Game 5 between the Warriors and Rockets is on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.
Durant and the Warriors are looking to snap a two-game losing streak, while Harden and the Rockets are looking to steal home-court advantage and take a 3-2 series lead.